Activities

It is only a few steps from your suite to Coopers Beach, a 2-kilometer crescent of flat, safe, sandy beach. Swim, sun, jog, fish, dive, kayak, photography, etc. We provide beach towels & beach chairs, and have boogie boards available upon request.


Sunrise stroll on Coopers Beach

Launching ramps for private boats are close by at Mill Bay, Mangonui, and at Taipa Point.

A 5-minute walk takes you to Coopers Beach Shopping Centre: 4-Square Supermarket, pharmacy, GP Medical clinic, ATM, butcher, hairdresser, wine shop, sports shop, hardware store, Indian restaurant and a fresh fish and chip shop.

Area Hospital is in Kaitaia, 35 minutes by car. Local ambulance service also available.

It is a 5-minute drive to the historic whaling harbour and village of Mangonui, just over the hill: more restaurants, giftshops, kiwi pubs, stationers, real estate agents, police station and other services. Also the "world-famous in New Zealand" Mangonui Fish Shop built over the water. A Must!

Mangonui also offers fishing charters, including big game; choice of sightseeing charters and sailing excursions.

Perfect jumping-off place for exploring 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga, either by private car or commercial tour (the latter is highly recommended).

Whangaroa community golf course is a 15-minute drive; Kaitaia Golf Club at 90 Mile Beach, 40-minute drive, is one of the best links courses in New Zealand. (Both inexpensive)

For the serious golfer, Kauri Cliffs and Carrington Resort World Class courses are each about a 45-minute drive from Coopers Beach. (Not so inexpensive.)

Local artists and craftspeople abound.

Carrington Resort, on the Karikari Peninsula (25-minute drive) has a winery, across the road from the golf course. Food is available at the winery. There are magnificent views over sparkling white sand dunes and the bay beyond.

Private whaling museum and historic homestead at Butler Point, on the Mangonui Harbour (guided tour requires reservation and is well worth it).

2-hour drive to Waipoua Forest, home of Tane Mahuta - the largest living Kauri tree in New Zealand. The drive takes you along some spectacular Tasman Sea coast on the west side of New Zealand.

Ancient Kauri Kingdom. Unique giant kauri logs that grew 50,000 years ago have been retrieved from peat swamps and fashioned into furniture, collectables and souvenirs. 20 minute drive.

As a point of interest, Janet and George's private kitchen at Coopers Beachfront Suites is the first complete kitchen fashioned from this ancient wood. Guests are invited to stop in and see it.